Kelantan wants to hold a public caning demonstration

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  • Thursday, 02 Mar 2017

A file picture of caning according to Islamic laws being carried out in Aceh, Indonesia. - AFP

KOTA BARU: The Kelantan government wants to hold a public caning demonstration to show how it will be meted out in accordance with Islamic laws, says state executive councillor Mohamed Fadzli Hassan.

He added that there was a difference between the whipping done in accordance with civil law and caning under Islamic law.

"We do not hit until the flesh is torn," said Mohamed Fadzli.

Fadzli had earlier told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that the Kelantan government was considering a demonstration of public caning as prescribed under the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

PAS is seeking amendments to the Act to increase caning up to 100 strokes.

"We want the public to understand how the caning is carried out," he said.

Fadzli said their aim was to counter negative perceptions and allay public fear.

"We want the public to understand that the punishment is not aimed at injuring a person. It is meant to teach wrongdoers a lesson with the hope that they do not repeat the offence," he said.

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